RICHLAND — Ninety children will explore the skies during “Space and Rocketry” summer science camp July 9-13 at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The Space and Rocketry curriculum includes learning about Mars, the Milky Way, exploration vehicles, NASA’s Deep Space Network, the space race and more. Campers will build and launch the solid-fueled Comet rocket, make a working telescope, build a light-up model of our solar system, and create a fiber optic constellation.

The week culminates with the “big event” on Friday, July 13, when each child launches a Comet Rocket built during camp. The launch session starts at 10 a.m. on the Hanford High playfield along Sprout Street (adjacent to the WSU Tri-Cities campus).

This science camp is held at WSU Tri-Cities in the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 University Drive, Richland. The morning sessions (9 to 11:45
a.m.) are spent constructing model rockets and learning about solar systems. The afternoon sessions (1 to 3 p.m.) focus on building a “Mars Rover” and other hands-on experiments. Contact LoAnn Ayers at 509-727-8774 to confirm specific daily activities.

This is the first of four summer science camps held on the WSU Tri-Cities campus for kids who will be entering kindergarten through fifth grade in Fall 2007. The weeklong sessions use hands-on activities and curriculum from Discovery Quest (

For more information, contact:
LoAnn Ayers, WSU Tri-Cities, director of campus advancement, cell 509/727-8774,